Turkey Trot 2024
Kick off the holiday by celebrating the 51st anniversary of this annual tradition!
9:00am Thursday November 28
Ithaca High School | FLRC | 5.5 miles




Our Turkey Trot is a prediction run where you guess your time for the roughly 5.5-mile course. The route is half paved roads and half trails and grass; shortcuts are allowed. Those who come the closest to their predicted times will win delicious pies. Despite the unpredictable course conditions and weather, winners often come within a few seconds of their predicted times.

This race is a fundraiser for Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County to help fight hunger in our community. You can donate during registration or by bringing cash or a check to the race — the suggested donation is $10 per person. In 2023 we raised a record $6,730 for Loaves and Fishes, bringing the total since 2014 to over $38,000.

Are you on the Turkey Trot Honor Roll? If 2024 will be your fifth time (or more) participating in the run, let us know! We’ll add you as a Turkey Trot Honors Student.

There are no watches or timing devices allowed. The run is meant to be fun and bring people together for a great cause. Everyone leaves with a smile on their face and a few extra calories burned!

If you’ve never run a trail race before, check out our First-Timers FAQs for Trail Races.

Thanksgiving in 2015 was unusually warm


Park in the lot between the school and the tennis courts off Cayuga Street, and follow the signs through the IHS courtyard on the Cayuga Street entrance to the school cafeteria.

FLRC encourages runners to carpool to make the race more inclusive for those without cars, help fight climate change, and ease parking congestion—sign up to drive or ride.

The course goes up into Cayuga Heights via a short and steep dirt path, then descends gradually down Remington Road. It then follows the Waterfront Trail around Stewart Park, makes a loop around the perimeter of Newman Municipal Golf Course, and returns via the bird sanctuary. Getting lost isn’t really a problem—simply follow someone who knows the route, as there are plenty of Turkey Trot veterans who run it every year. And it doesn’t matter if you follow the course exactly or not. Click to enlarge the course maps below.



Meet at the IHS cafeteria between 7:30 and 8:30 AM.

The run starts at 9:00 AM.


  • Restrooms are available inside IHS, but there are no changing facilities or showers.
  • Post-race bagels, apples, and cider will be provided.
  • For remaining questions, please email race director Steph Bailey at stephbaileyboard@gmail.com.


The course crosses an active railroad track. We can’t control or predict the train schedule, and if a train is coming, you must stop.  Also be aware that the course includes roads that are open to traffic. Course marshals will assist you in crossing, but all runners need to be alert and aware of traffic.


  • No watches or other timing devices allowed—this is a prediction run!
  • The race directors reserve the right to reject any entry for any reason.
  • If you need accommodation for a disability to participate in this event, please contact the FLRC Diversity and Inclusion Committee chair at diversity@fingerlakesrunners.org.
  • This race is organized by the Finger Lakes Runners Club and insured by the Road Runners Club of America.